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The Cochran VA Medical Center’s Sterilization Problems Pose Health Hazard

Contaminated Equipment Means Veterans Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis, HIV

For veterans, substandard medical care shouldn’t be an option. Unfortunately, for veterans who were treated at The Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, sterilization problems in the dental clinic and contaminated surgical trays mean that they could have been exposed to dangerous blood borne diseases, including Hepatitis B and C and HIV.

Last week, it was reported that surgeries had been suspended at the VA hospital after staff noticed several contaminated surgical instrument trays. A few weeks before that, VA nurses raised concerns about the conditions of equipment, a shortage of some medical supplies and concerns about the staffing level. Last summer, the dental clinic potentially exposed 1,800 patients to hepatitis and HIV because of sterilization problems.

If you or someone you love received surgery, treatment or dental care at the Cochran VA Medical Center and later developed a disease such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV, contact the St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers at The S.E. Farris Law Firm for a free consultation by calling 314-A-LAWYER (314-252-9937) or by filling out our online contact form.